Category: name choices
We recently posted the list of names that our Berries were most interested in over the past year– headed by Ezra and Asher, Charlotte and Amelia—but what names did they actually choose at that crucial moment when the name had to be inscribed onto the birth certificate, when all the hypotheticals were winnowed down to one single reality?
Of course we know that only a small percentage of arrivals were actually recorded in the Birth Announcement Forum, which is our only available source—(Strong hint to those expecting new arrivals in 2016!), but still more than three hundred Berries did enter there picks. The diversity and originality of the Nameberry community is reflected in the fact that most of the names were unique choices.
Having said that, which names were the most popular?
On the girls’ side, Pearl and Rose tied for top place for those used as both first and middle names, tying at 8 each, with Pearl the leading middle. Classic William was in top place for boys in the combined categories, tying with James as favorite middle.
The most frequently used first initial vowel was E for girls and A for boys. For consonant beginnings, M girls won by a landside; for boys it was the letter C—a gendered contrast in soft and harder sounds.
You’ve recently seen the girls’ and boys’ names that have been looked at most often on Nameberry: For the winners of our Guess Name #101 contest, scroll to the end of this blog! Now here is our quarterly report of the names actually used for babyberries, as reported on our Birth Announcement forum since October. (Take this as a reminder to share your news there when you have a new arrival.)
As before, this is a gorgeous bouquet of names, with a great mix of the classic and the adventurous (Hi there, Hezekiah!), which together display the sensibility we think is uniquely Nameberry, stemming from our strong community of supportive, kind and gentle, exceptionally wise and savvy opinion-sharers.
With all this richness it’s interesting to note how few repeated first name choices there are—Florence, Louisa (and Luisa), Penelope, Miles, Wren, and Simon. We’ve added sibling names where available so you can see how these choices fit into their families.